By Mark Weyermuller -
CHICAGO - Just before the Chicago City Council's regular Wednesday meeting, the Chicago GOP held a press conference to introduce 18 candidates ready to take on Democratic Senate and House incumbents in 2014. The press conference was held on the Chicago City Hall's 2nd Floor, 30 minutes the Chicago City Council gathered.
Chicago GOP Chairman Adam Robinson explained the local GOP's effort to break away from the party's past and offer Chicago voters electoral choices in a one party-dominated city.
Chicago GOP Vice Chairman Chris Cleveland blamed the state's troubled financial situation on poor leadership under Democrats House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton.
"Illinois is in terrible economic condition. Compared to our neighbors we are losing population, jobs, and hope," Cleveland said. "In 2014, Chicago voters will have a choice to bring back our communities."
Republican Stefanie Linares, an attorney born and raised in Chicago with a degree in economics will challenge Senate President John Cullerton. Last month, Cullerton riled Illinois taxpayers when he said the Illinois pension dilemma was not a "crisis," despite the state being in debt billions of dollars that mounted over the past 20 years.
Seventeen other Republicans' names will be on the March 18, 2014 GOP primary. It has been decades, if ever, that such a large number of Chicago GOP candidates set out challenge Democrat State House members from Chicago. The GOP House candidates include:
Antonio Mannings, Candidate, HD 2
Collin Johnson, Candidate, HD 5
Tondalaya Nelson, Candidate, HD 6
Myles Tobin, Candidate, HD 9
Mark Calonder, Candidate, HD 10
Jon Hartman, Candidate, HD 13
Denis Detzel, Candidate, HD 14
Brad Dahlgren, Candidate, HD 15
Evelyn Mazzucco, Candidate, HD 15
Vince Romano, Candidate, HD 16
David Sarama, Candidate, HD 19
Felix Gonzalez, Candidate, HD 21
Coby Hakalir, Candidate, HD 26
Lynn Franco, Candidate, HD 33
Mark Ekhoff, Candidate, HD 34
Fatimah Macklin, Candidate, HD 34
Victor Horne, Candidate, HD 35
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